About Marcel

Marcel Allbritton, PhD, is a clinical Yoga Therapist and mentor. Marcel works with individual clients through one-on-one yoga therapy sessions. Marcel also gives presentations, workshops, and trainings about the Healing Framework, an innovative mindset and framework that practitioners and professionals can work with and from to support healing in themselves, in their work, and in their everyday life.

Marcel brings his previous career focus of organizational development together with healing and Yoga Therapy to create the Core Resonance Works™ Process for personal and organizational coaching.

Yoga Therapist Experience

Yoga Therapist with clinical practice since 2010 seeing Yoga Therapy clients 3 days a week.

Mind-Body Practitioner and Yoga Therapist. The Gertonson Institute: A Creating
Wellness Center. Albany, California.

Mind-Body Practitioner and Yoga Therapist. Mind-Body Foundation, San Francisco, California.

Yoga Therapist Intern (May, 2009 – May, 2011) Healing Yoga Foundation (HYF), San Francisco, California. Worked one day a week as intern seeing Yoga Therapy clients.

Yoga Therapy Teacher and Speaker

Small group Yoga Sutras lessons.

One to one  Yoga Sutras lessons.

One to one Vedic Chanting lessons.

Co taught Yoga Sutras classes with Chase Bossart in Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Yoga Therapy for Chronic Conditions. Taught weekend workshop for Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Yoga Therapy and Meditation.Taught weekend workshop for Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Yoga Therapy for Chronic Conditions.Taught weekend workshop for Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Adjunct Faculty Member, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Integrative Health Studies Program

Taught Clinical Application of Mind-Body Medicine for Master’s Program in Integrative Health at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

Yoga Teacher at Healing Yoga Foundation. San Francisco, California.

Mind-Body Health for Stress Management and Ergonomics Issues. Taught class for Stanford Health Improvement Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

Yoga for Stress Reduction and Musculoskeletal Conditions. Taught yoga class designed to address stress and repetitive strain in the workplace for health care workers, social workers, and staff (100 employees). Mission Neighborhood Health Center. San Francisco, CA.

Classic Yoga. Taught weekly Yoga Class focused on stress management, relaxation and renewal. Mind-Body Foundation. San Francisco, California.

Yoga for Wellness. Taught yoga class to support health improving sleep, energy, range of motion and strength. Healing Yoga Foundation. San Francisco, CA.

Mind-Body Health Instructor for social workers working with the homeless and at risk. Classes provided social workers with stress management tools and techniques to support them in their work. Mission Neighborhood Health Center, San Francisco, CA.

Taught yoga for at-risk parents to support good parenting and improved health. Family Services Program, Compass Community Services, San Francisco, CA. Outreach program of Healing Yoga Foundation.

Instructor for small group classes in Yoga Therapy for homeless and at risk women. Mission Neighborhood Health Center, San Francisco, CA.

Knowing Nature Workshop Series. Taught quarterly workshops focused on using the tools and methods of Yoga to support connecting with nature. San Francisco Zen Center (Green Gulch Farm). 

Publications, professional presentations, and/or research in the field of yoga therapy

Allbritton M. & Heeter C. Meditation as an Intervention for Health: A Framework for Understanding Meditation Research. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2018;3(4):025; doi:10.21926/obm.icm.1804025.

Lehto, R., Heeter, C., Allbritton, M., & Wiseman, M. (2018). Hospice and Palliative Care Provider Experiences With Meditation Using Mobile Applications. Oncology Nursing Forum 45(3):380-388. DOI: 10.1188/18.ONF.380-388

Heeter, C., Lehto, R.H., Allbritton, M., Day, T., Wiseman, M  (August, 2017). Effects of a Technology-Assisted Meditation Program on Healthcare Providers’ Interoceptive Awareness, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout.  Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Volume 19, No 4.

Marcel Allbritton, Carrie Heeter.  Five outcome-based meditation apps. Dr, Marcel Allbritton guides you through steps involving breath and gentle motion while you sit comfortably with eyes closed. The meditation designs are grounded in principles of yoga therapy and delivered via the Mindtoon™ framework.

  • Space Meditation app, 2015
  • Nourishing Meditation app, 2015
  • Calming Meditation app, 2014
  • Place in Nature Meditation app, 2014
  • Releasing Meditation app, 2014

Marcel Allbritton, Carrie Heeter. 10 VR Meditation Experiences for the Guided Meditation VR platform, July 2016. You choose a natural environment. Then you choose a meditation. You are guided through steps involving breath, gentle movement, and attention to relax the body and calm the mind.  Each Mindtoon™ VR meditation supports experiencing and cultivating a particular quality: Calming, Stability, Nourishing, Releasing, Comfort, Spaciousness, Energizing, Focus, Clearing, Clarity

Heeter, C., Allbritton,  M., Lehto,  R., Day. T. (September 19, 2016). “Effects of a 6-week cybermeditation program for hospice professionals on meditation engagement, interoceptive awareness, and compassion fatigue,” Poster to be presented at the Symposium on Yoga Research, Stockbridge, MA, September 19, 2016. And to appear in a supplemental issue of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

Beach VR Meditation for Embodied Presence, 2015
Marcel Allbritton, Carrie Heeter, Josh Farkas. Beach VR Meditation, created in collaboration with Cubicle Ninjas, demonstrates how meditation can be designed to increase the experience of embodied presence in a virtual world.

Heeter, C., Lehto, R.H., Allbritton, M., Day, T., Wiseman, M. (2017, April). Evaluation of a 6-Week Cybermeditation App Program on Compassion fatigue and burnout outcomes in Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals. Poster presentation at the 41st Annual MNRS conference. Minneapolis MN.

Lehto, R.H., Heeter, C., Allbritton, M., Day, T., Wiseman, M. (2017, May).  Hospice and palliative care providers perceptions about using cybermeditation to combat compassion fatigue: focus group findings. Poster presentation at the 42nd Annual ONS Congress, Denver, CO. [Abstract]. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44 (2), E187. 10.1188/17.ONF.E88.

Heeter, C., Lehto, R.H., Allbritton, M., Day, T., Wiseman, M. (2016, October).  6-Week Cybermeditation App Program Introduces Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals to Meditation and Improves Professional Quality of Life.  Poster presentation at the 18th International Psycho-Oncology Society World Congress. [abstract:Psycho-oncology, 25, suppl 3, 137. DOI 10.1002/pon.4272].

Heeter, C., & Allbritton, M. (2015). Being There: Implications of Neuroscience and Meditation for Self-Presence in Virtual Worlds. Journal For Virtual Worlds Research, 8(2).https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283501344_Being_There_Implications_of_Neuroscience_and_Meditation_for_Self-Presence_in_Virtual_Worlds

Heeter, C., & Allbritton, M. (2015). Playing with Presence: How meditation can increase the experience of embodied presence in a virtual world. In proceedings of Foundations of Digital Games, Asilomar, CA.

Yoga Therapy Education 

Studies in Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Mentoring, and Vedic Chanting.

Private Studies with Chase Bossart (May 2006 – present )

Two Months Study in India. (January-February, 2015) Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), Chennai, India

  • Studies included one month introduction to Yoga course
  • Clinical internship observing Yoga Therapist see clients
  • (three weeks and over 45 hours of observation)

1000 hour Yoga Therapist Training (January 2007 – December, 2010)Healing Yoga Foundation (HYF), San Francisco, California and Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF), Chennai, India.

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training,Healing Yoga Foundation. Courses on various topics: Meditation, Yoga Intensives, and Yoga  Therapy.

Two Months Study in India. (January-February, 2004) Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), Chennai, India.

Academic Education

Doctor of Philosophy, (PhD) – June, 2007
Syracuse University
School of Information Studies
Focus of study: Organizational studies, information science and technology

Masters of Art, (MA) – May 1996
University of New Mexico
Department of Communication and Journalism
Focus of study: Organizational Communication

Bachelors of Art (BA) – December 1992
University of Southwestern Louisiana
Department of Communication and Journalism
Focus of Study: Organizational Communication